F. Di Dona(1,*), G. Della Valle(1), L. Meomartino(2), F. Lamagna(1) and G. Fatone(1)
1Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Productions, University of Napoli “Federico II”, Italy
Congenital limb deformities are very rare conditions and the knowledge about etiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation and treatment is still poor. Moreover, many defects are still not reported in veterinary literature. This report documents clinical and radiographic findings in three dogs with congenital deformity involving the distal extremities. Case 1 was affected with bilateral aphalangia of the pedes, case 2 presented a combination of brachydactyly and syndactyly, whereas in case 3 a unilateral ectrodactyly was observed. To the authors’ knowledge, brachydactyly, as well as aphalangia, are very uncommon anomalies and have been rarely documented. Moreover, association between syndactyly and brachydactyly has still not been reported.
Keywords: Aphalangia, Brachydactyly, Congenital deformity, Dog, Syndactyly.